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Oops! Thomas’ name mistakenly removed from May 2 ballot

A Corydon man’s decision to change races in the May 2 Primary election caused some confusion for the state election board in Indianapolis, but the matter has been resolved, and his name will be on the ballot.
Brian Thomas initially filed as a Republican candidate for State Representative District 70, the seat currently held by Democrat Paul J. Robertson of Depauw.
But two days prior to the filing deadline, at noon on Feb. 17, Thomas traveled back to Indianapolis and withdrew from that race. While there, he filed as a Republican candidate for State Senate District 47. Richard D. Young Jr., a Democrat from Milltown, currently holds that office.
‘The election board in Indianapolis made a mistake with my paperwork,’ Thomas said. ‘When I filed my withdrawal (paperwork) as a state representative candidate and I filed for the state Senate race, the paperwork was stapled together and filed in the folder.’
Thomas said he learned the following Tuesday, Feb. 21, that there was a problem when someone from the state election board called him and asked him questions about the day he was there.
He was told that when an employee entered candidate filing information into the computer, the employee only saw the withdrawal paperwork because it was on top.
Thomas, who challenged Robertson in the 2004 election, said he ‘had a feeling’ that something would go wrong while he was in Indianapolis, so he was careful to get copies of everything while he was there.
‘I have a copy of everything that was filed on Wednesday, Feb. 15, with a time and date on my copies,’ he said.
Besides not picking up the information that he had filed as a candidate in another race, Thomas said the state election board had ‘lost’ another form that he needed. He sent a copy of it to them.
‘The bottom line is, I did file correctly before the deadline,’ Thomas said. ‘They have made the correction. I am the Republican candidate for State Senate 47 seat against Richard Young.’
Neither Young nor Thomas have opposition in the primary.
Although Thomas is not challenging Robertson, who has been in office since 1978, the Democrat is opposed by Republican Christopher L. Byrd of Corydon.